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Orchestra successful at state assessment

Nuhami Mandefro
Orchestra students Ben Petruzziello, Loui Al Ayoubi and Danny Nguyen pose with their instruments.

The orchestra department had their festival assessment on March 8 at Edison High School.

“I am ecstatic about the assessment results,” orchestra conductor Angela Ammerman said. “This is a really big deal for the Chamber Orchestra because they performed at the highest level and got straight superiors. I am also very happy for my Symphony and Artiste Orchestras. They earned awesome scores as well.”

Chamber Orchestra earned straight superiors from all judges at Level 6, the highest level possible. Artiste Orchestra earned straight superiors from all judges and Symphony Orchestra earned two superiors, two excellents, and multiple sheets with straight A’s.

“I feel the Artiste orchestra played really well,” junior Kyla Robinson said. “We played a piece called Incantations. I personally feel I could have played better, but as a whole we played awesome.”

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Many of the orchestra members practiced for many hours after school just in the past two weeks in preparation for this event.

“I practiced a lot after school to prepare for assessment,” sophomore Danny Nguyen said. “Symphony Orchestra did really well. The songs we played, Baltic and Rustic Dance, weren’t tough for me but as a whole it was tough to play.”

Chamber Orchestra played Symphony Number Four for assessment. “It was hard to learn but after a while we got it,” junior Bethel Mahoney said. “I think we did really well and I am happy with the results.”

The orchestra department is currently preparing for their upcoming Solo Festival. “I think we are going to represent at Solo Festival,” Ammerman said. “I am so excited for the upcoming months of school where we can grow as an orchestra greatly.”

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Melanie Bennett, Sports Editor
Melanie joined the A-Blast staff her junior year as a staff writer. This year as a senior she is the Sports Editor because she enjoys going to Annandale sports games. Melanie is a three sport athlete here at Annandale. She participates in Cross Country in the fall, Swimming in the winter and Lacrosse in the spring. She also enjoys going on long runs with her best friend Cynthia and eating at Tropical Smoothie. After high school she hopes to become an Archaeologist and travel the world.
Nuhami Mandefro, Entertainment Editor
Nuhami Mandefro is the Entertainment Editor for the A-Blast. She is a senior and has been a journalism student for since her freshman. This is her second year as an editor; she was previously a staff writer and the Entertainment Editor. Nuhami also participates in Track, a tutor for Atom Writing Center (AWC), and is a club member of the BCAA (Black Culture Awareness Association) and GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance). She loves being an Atom and is a proud member of the hype squad. She enjoys hanging out with friends and family during the weekend.

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